Many of our academics are internationally acknowledged experts in different mechanical, aerospace or civil engineering topics.
I am involved in teaching both first and final year units. It is nice to see the transition our students undergo; from hesitant A-Level students to confident, knowledgeable and competent graduates, who have either secured a job by the end of their studies, or are carrying on to research and other specialist post-graduate studies.
Helping a student overcome the difficulties they have in understanding an engineering principle or analytical method and seeing the change in their expression is by far the most enjoyable aspect of teaching.
My course material goes through evolutionary changes each year. Some changes are introduced based on the experience with teaching the module the year before, some changes to reflect general developments in the topic and some changes originate from research experience of our group.
An important element is to include many real-world examples to illustrate how engineering science is used in the analysis and helps to improve the performance of engineering systems. I also make increasing use of video in my lectures, which brings the topic to life in a way that words and still pictures cannot.
My research is in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer. Some of it is really basic and fundamental, where through experiments and computations we try to improve our understand turbulence and develop more reliable mathematical models of turbulence, which can be used in Computational Fluid Dynamics.
On the experimental side we apply stated-of-the-are flow and thermal diagnostic techniques, Laser Doppler Anemometry, Particle Image Velocimetry, flow visualisation, liquid crystal and many other techniques to generate detailed flow and thermal data for flow through complex and sometimes rotating components.
On the numerical side, by using open source fortran codes we try to develop reliable and cost-effective techniques for the simulation of complex turbulent flow systems, which may involve forced, mixed, or natural convection, conjugate heat transfer, fluid structure interactions, or magneto-hydrodynamic forces.